sg14 conference

After four intense days of innovative work, the conference offers an opportunity for critical reflection on the topic of Urban Compaction and the exposition of what has been accomplished in the Workshop. It is an opportunity to open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies, and propose new ideas.

The conference will feature invited international keynote speakers showcasing major projects and research from around the globe that mark out the territory of the year's Challenge. Between keynote presentations it will also feature informal and open discussions between the speakers, invited respondents, leading practitioners, emerging talents in digital design and Cluster participants, offering inside perspectives on how the landscape of computational design is reshaping the city.

Day 1 | Session One
Technology Impact on Design Culture

Big Data is for Adding, Not Subtracting

Mario Carpo, Keynote
Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural Theory
The Bartlett

Carpo's research and publications focus on the relationship among architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. His Architecture in the Age of Printing (2001) has been translated into several languages. His most recent books are The Alphabet and the Algorithm, a history of digital design theory (2011), and The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012, an AD Reader.

Experience & Enactment in Adaptive Environments

Kjell Yngve Petersen, Presenter
Associate Professor

Kjell's research has specific focus on the development of new compositional models that integrate telemedia technology, and utilises emergent and performance-based methods to explore new performance forms and expressions. His research engages with telepresence and tele-ecologies, and involves the design of dynamic adaptive architectural light, textures and acoustics. 

HEAVY : LIGHT : DARK - Urban Design for Schrödinger's Cat

Matthias Standfest, Presenter
ETH Zurich

Matthias Standfest is an architect with main interests at the intersection of cultural studies and the architectural design process itself. He is researching and teaching at ETH Zurich, department Information Architecture and spent a year researching at FCL Singapore. Before working at ETH he did his diploma on multi agent systems in design according to an actor network theory point of view at TU Graz.

Day 1 | Session Two
Hong Kong

Hong Kong: It Has More Dimensions Than Three

Tom Kvan, Keynote
University of Melbourne

Tom is Dean of Architecture, Building and Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Melbourne. Tom is co-author of The Making of Hong Kong, which reveals the volumetric city as a sustainable urban form. He co-authored The Art of Computer Graphics Programming. Tom has worked at the Universities of Melbourne, Hong Kong and Sydney over the past 16 years and authored over 130 publications on design and design management.

Justyna Karakiewicz, Keynote
University of Melbourne

Justyna is Professor of Urban Design and coordinator of the Master of Urban Design at the University of Melbourne. Justyna is co-author of The Making of Hong Kong, which reveals the volumetric city as a sustainable urban form. Justyna has taught as a full-time tutor of the AA, the Bartlett School of Architecture of University College. The practice she co-established in 1984, PCKO, was recently recognised for its work in sustainability over the past 25 years.

Embodying HK

Joshua Roberts, Presenter
Chu Hai College

Joshua Roberts, is a designer, writer, and editor currently living in Hong Kong. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University and studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Archeworks, he received a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the founder of a Slip, a Hong Kong-based interdisciplinary collective that focuses on the possibilities at the margins of design.


Jason Carlow, Presenter
University of Hong Kong

Jason Carlow’s work, research and teaching are centered on the relationship between digital and traditional modes of drawing, modeling and fabrication. He holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. Carlow is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the UHK where he teaches design studio and leads research seminars in digital modeling, animation, and fabrication.

Day 1 | Session Three
Digital Technology: Then & Now

Platform to Support the Changing Role of the Architect

Ian Keough, Keynote
Principal Engineer

As a Principal Engineer at Autodesk, Ian oversees the development of Dynamo a visual programming language for architects, engineers and designers. Ian started Dynamo while working at Buro Happold consulting engineers in New York, with a goal of bringing computational design through visual programming to BIM. Prior to joining Autodesk, Ian wrote mobile applications for the construction industry at Vela Systems. Ian has a bachelors in fine arts, and a masters in architecture, but prefers to write software for a living.

Interesting Things Have Been Happening in CAD & GIS in the Last 40 Years

Masanori Nagashima, Keynote

Masanori Nagashima studied the architectural design at the University of Tokyo. He became interested in CAD at the beginning of ‘70s. He therefore went to MIT and met Prof Nicholas Negroponte and joined the Architecture Machine Group. He saw the OXSYS presentation at MIT, decided to join Applied Research of Cambridge Limited (ARC) where OXSYS was developed. He worked on OXSYS, BDS (Building Design System) and GDS (General Drafting System). He came back to Japan and established Informatix Inc. in order to market/sell GDS in Japan. MicroGDS, Piranesi and NavisWorks were added to the CAD product lines. (NavisWorks was sold to AutoDesk). Informatix expanded the business and started GIS nearly 20 years ago.

Compaction as Miniaturisation

Gustav Fagerstrom, Presenter
Buro Happold NY

Gustav is a registered architect and Associate with Buro Happold New York where he leads the structural BIM and advanced modeling team. With dual master degrees in architecture and computational design systems he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science. He is the author of several peer reviewed research papers focusing on novel means of computational modeling, BIM and digital fabrication.

Data-Mapping in BIM

Ramon van der Heijden, Presenter
Front Inc.

Ramon is a registered architect and computational design specialist. He has a combined MSc degree in Architecture and Design Systems from Eindhoven University of Technology. His work primarily focuses on the building envelope. His former experience at UNStudio, combined with his work at Front in Research and development, Building Information Modeling and Building Data Management has allowed him to develop the Elefront plugin for advanced data management.